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I'm in a never ending anxiety attack . . . .
0KituKat0 posted:
I am only nineteen and I have a weird . . people problem . . . I have a shy bladder (I honestly feel like people will know or can hear me and I can't go, even if I'm mid stream in a public restroom and someone walks in it will stop. . ). A couple of years ago I was hospitalized for not peeing for 14 hours and they said my bladder was 30 minutes shy of bursting (sad part was we spent the day in the water at the beach and I still couldn't go).
I have problems eating in front of anybody. I want to eat so bad sometimes but I just can't force myself to.
I have problems driving and start to feel out-of-breath and lightheaded while even in lightly crowded cities . . My fiancé drives me most places (even though I have my license) but it stresses me out so much that I'm restricted to when he can drive me.
My family is pushing me very hard to go to college and I went to Augusta State University for part of the first semester but was having extreme panic attacks in the halls. I would get intense headaches in class and it had nothing to do with the material. then just the thought of going makes me nauseous and I would throw-up and then not go to school. My family doesn't understand how difficult it has been for me and I can't explain it to them (I have a hard time talking to loved ones about my feelings)
I used to cut in order to make high school bearable (I know it's awful I hate to admit it and the scars are now just an embarrassing reminder of what was) My fiancé stopped my cutting he has been a help to my anxieties at home but not in my public situations (were both kind of hermits.
rohvannyn responded:
Welcome to the group. It sounds like you really need good help from someone with experience in these matters. Your anxiety is not only putting you in physical danger in a number of ways, but it is also threatening to ruin your whole life. You are young and deserve to have a long, happy, healthy life ahead of you instead of one ruled by anxiety. Do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get help. If your family won't take you seriously, that's too bad for them, but get help anyway. You owe it to yourself above all else. If you don't have the money to do it, look for resources on this site and others, ask at a crisis line, ask at your local clinics, research self help online, but don't give up until you get help.

Best of luck to you. You can do this. You are strong enough to do it, you just need someone to show you how.
Reid Wilson, PhD responded:
Hey, 0KituKat0 -
you might think about a couple of diagnoses. Shy bladder is a form of social anxiety. Here's a great website with lots of resources for shy bladder: Your difficulty with eating in front of people may also be a form of social anxiety. You can read up on that problem and get some self-help skills for it here: . Your difficulties with driving and crowds and hallways could be signs of panic disorder, which is a highly treatable problem. Here's some information on that:
It is not surprising that you turned to cutting for a while as the only thing you could figure out to do to relieve your pain. This type of cutting sometimes falls under the category of an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder. I'm not trying to throw psychological jargon at you; I'm trying to let you know that we understand these issues and have ways to treat them. If you would like to look for a specialist in your community, you can go here:

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